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Domaine de l'Arlot Côte de Nuits Villages Rouge "Clos du Chapeau" 2020
(Burgundy, France)

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About the Domaine:
Jean-Pierre de Smet defined the winemaking style at Domaine de L’Arlot with his philosophy that “the more one knows, the less one interferes.” In 2002, he brought biodynamic farming to the domaine and even cured the wood that would eventually be made into the estate’s barrels. Jean-Pierre retired in 2007 turning over the estate to Olivier Leriche, who followed the same philosophy and believed that every decision has to “respect the soil, respect the plants, and ensure that both are in harmony with the environment.”

About this Wine:
Located in the village of Comblanchien, this is a hat-shaped plot- hence the name of the vineyard. The vines are of approximately 45 years old and grow in soils composed of limestone and gravel.

The grapes are hand picked, twice sorted (once on the vine, then at the crush pad after being picked). All transfers are made via gravity flow. By avoiding the use of pumps, the integrity of the grapes are better preserved. Domaine de l'Arlot takes a very hands off approach to winemaking.

The wine is aged in primarily new French Oak for 14-16 months.

Ratings & Reviews

Allen Meadows' Burghound:
"Moderate reduction knocks down the fruit so I would suggest decanting this if you're going to try a bottle young. Otherwise, there is both good energy and concentration to the medium weight flavors that conclude in a rustic and slightly edgy finish. It's hard to say whether the bottling caused this to be on the awkward side, but this clearly isn't ready for prime time. (Drink starting 2024)" (Jan 2022)

Vinous Media:
"The 2020 Côte de Nuits Village Clos du Chapeau has a fragrant bouquet with dark cherries and raspberry preserve aromas, just a very slight, tinny scent in the background. The palate is well-balanced with grainy tannins, dark berry fruit, quite spicy with good depth on the finish. A gutsy Côtes de Nuits Village. (Drink between 2024-2032)" - Neal Martin (Dec 2021)